Countering disablism: An alternative universal income support system based on egalitarianism

Mays, Jennifer (2016) Countering disablism: An alternative universal income support system based on egalitarianism. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 18(2), pp. 106-117.

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Abstract

The long-term vision of economic security and social participation for people with a disability held by disability activists and policy-makers has not been realised on a global scale. This is despite the implementation of various poverty alleviation initiatives by international and national governments. Indeed within advanced Western liberal democracies, the inequalities and poverty gaps have widened rather than closed. This article is based on findings from a historical-comparative policy and discourse analysis of disability income support system in Australia and the Basic Income model. The findings suggest that a model such as Basic Income, grounded in principles of social citizenship, goes some way to maintaining an adequate level of subsistence for people with a disability. The article concludes by presenting some challenges and a commitment to transforming income support policy.

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ID Code: 89107
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Disability policy, poverty, disability pension, economic security, universal income support, neoliberalism, historical policy analysis, comparative policy analysis
DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2014.995218
ISSN: 1745-3011
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 14 January 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15017419.2014.995218
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2015 05:06
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 20:48

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